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Looking for Opportunities to Increase Area Bikeshare Service & Stations

June 21, 2016

Over the past several days I’ve been digging into the community amenities proposed by the redevelopment of Park Morton and thinking about ways to enhance and improve the proposal. One thing that came to mind is the potential to improve the Capital Bikeshare program in the Park View area. While this may not sound like a big thing, a quick look at the locations of Bikeshare stations in the area, and how they are being used, gives an indication that the community is a heavy user of the system and there aren’t enough bikes or stations to go around. It also seems like the Park Morton development project could help enlarge the Bikeshare station that is currently at Columbia Road and even establish a new station on the 600 block of Morton Street with minimal impact to the project’s design or bottom line.

The map below shows area Bikeshare stations shortly after noon on Monday, June 20. The amount of red indicates the number of available bikes. It is worth nothing that several of the stations have 1 or no available bikes. The significant exception here is the one at the hospital center, which is a commuter destination rather than a point of departure.Bike share stations noon(Capital Bikeshare stations near Park View and Columbia Heights mid-day on June 20, 2016.)

It has been established for a while that our area tends to lose bikes over time as there are many residents who will bike to work, yet not all of them will bike back home after work. This requires Bikeshare to visit stations with a van to fill up the empty bike docks on a periodic basis.

Looking at the same bike stations shortly after 9 p.m. shows the inverse relationship as there are many more bikes in the area — but also highlights that there are still many empty bike docks and some empty bike stations. Having another Bikeshare station on Morton Street would be of benefit to the community and help ensure that those who use this service would have an easier time of having an variable bike when they need one.

Bikeshare map at nine(Capital Bikeshare stations near Park View and Columbia Heights shortly after 9:00 p.m. on June 20, 2016.)

New Capital Bikeshare Station Coming to 16th and Irving Street

March 9, 2016

A new Capital Bikeshare station is scheduled to be installed at 16th and Irving streets, NW, next to the school. The installation may begin as early as March 10th. In their letter to the ANC informing them of this new station, DDOT stated that the selection of this location was based on several factors such as population and employment density, proximity to Metro and requests from the public.

Bikeshare 16th Irving

DDOT’s Draft Bikeshare Development Plan Released for Public Feedback

October 9, 2015

I was excited to see that DDOT has released their draft Bikeshare Development Plan, and its open for public feedback. The public comment period is open through November 15th.

According to the DDOT announcement, the “draft plan establishes a set of goals, measures, expansion plans, and financial projections for the next six years for the District of Columbia’s portion of the Capital Bikeshare program.” You can read the 143 Bikeshare Development Plan online and comment on this webpage http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/capital-bike-share-form until November 15, 2015.

Capital Bikeshare expansion mapWhat I particularly like is the proposal to add two new bikeshare stations to the Park View area in 2017. While its hard to see on the map (click on map to right for larger version), the two stations being considered appear to be around 1) Park Road and New Hampshire Avenue and 2) Warder Street somewhere between Kenyon and Park Road.

I think this is an excellent opportunity to advocate for expanding the bikeshare system in the neighborhood and I encourage those who feel strongly about this or where stations should be located to fill out the feedback form.

You can read the overview of the expansion from the Development Plan after the jump (more…)

Contra-flow Bike Lane in the Works for 11th Street, NW

September 23, 2015

11th Street(View of 11th Street, looking north from Monroe)

According to a Notice of Intent I’ve received (click on image below for full notice), DDOT is proposing a contra-flow bike lane on 11th Street, NW between Monroe Street and Spring Road. This block is currently a one-way southbound road for cars. The new bike lane would be two-way for bikes while remaining one-way for cars. Cyclists traveling north would use the new bike lane, while southbound bike traffic would share the travel lane with cars.

I’m very excited and supportive of DDOT’s efforts to expand Washington’s Bike lanes. You can read the full notice below:

11th Street Bike Lane

The District Needs a Long Term Solution for Clean & Safe Bike Lanes

July 6, 2015
Beginning to clean up the gravel in the Warder Street bike lane.

Beginning to clean up the gravel in the Warder Street bike lane.

On June 1st I was alerted to loose gravel in the bike lane at the south end of Warder Street, NW. I presumed this would be an easy issue to resolve and reported it to 311. As it turns out, this was not an easy issue to resolve. After reporting the issue to 311 and then escalating the issue with the Mayor’s Ward 1 representatives in the Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS), a month later the loose gravel was still there.

As I’ve dug into this problem, it is my understanding that keeping bike lanes clean of minor but often dangerous debris is a citywide issue. Not being one to let a problem with a simple solution linger, I took it upon myself to clean up the gravel myself. While Warder Street is now clean, there are other bike lanes elsewhere that still need attention. With this in mind, I will continue to work with the city to find a lasting citywide solution to this problem.

In short, I believe that if Washington is going to invest in bike infrastructure, we also need to invest in bike lane safety and maintenance to ensure that these resources are in good repair and safe.

Boese cleanning bike lane(Commissioner Boese removing gravel from Warder Street bike lane.)

Warder bike lane(Warder Street bike lane with gravel removed.)

Donate Your Old Bikes to a Good Cause

May 8, 2015

Bikes of the worldDo you have a bike that you haven’t used in a long time that’s just collecting dust? Here’s a way to put it to good use. Annie’s Ace Hardware on Upshur sends me the following announcement:

“Your old bike could help someone in Africa get to work, school, or health services. On Sunday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bikes for the World is teaming up with Annie’s Ace Hardware to collect used bicycles, which will be distributed overseas, where they will be reconditioned by community organizations to improve the lives of impoverished people by helping them get to work, school and health clinics. Bring your old bikes, spare bike parts, and a $10 donation (to help defray the cost of shipping). All donations will go to Bikes for the World and are tax deductible.”

annies ace hardware


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